Misdiagnosis of breast cancer

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Women in Harlow and across the UK may be interested in learning some of the particulars involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. If a patient has noticed any changes to their breasts, it may be prudent to see a physician.

The process of diagnosing and treating breast cancer will usually start with the patient’s general practitioner. After an examination, the GP will make a decision on whether or not to refer the patient to a specialist breast clinic for further tests.

If a patient is referred to a clinic, various tests may be scheduled. A mammogram or ultrasound is used to examine the breasts using x-rays or ultrasound waves. A radiologist will examine the results of the test and determine if the results are normal or if the patient requires further tests, such as a biopsy. Biopsies involve taking a tissue sample which will be examined in a laboratory by a pathologist who will establish whether the sample is benign or shows sign of cancer.

The process of identifying cancer may involve decisions made by a number of medical staff. Diagnostic errors at any stage of the process may lead to delays in treatment and additional injury to the patient. For example, an incorrect decision by a GP could lead to weeks or months of delay in the diagnosis of breast cancer.

If a patient has been misdiagnosed, they may be entitled to compensation for the injuries caused by a doctor’s negligence. A solicitor who is familiar with the laws relating to medical negligence may be able to advise a client who feels that they have suffered adverse events due to a medical practitioner’s failure to meet standards of care.

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